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Spring Cleaning: Spaces not to ignore!

April 5, 2012


It’s that time of the year to throw open the windows, let the spring breeze in, and clear out all those dust bunnies around the house. If you’re like me, every space in your house could probably use a little spring cleaning, from the coat closet to the garden shed. So take a day over the weekend and get your home ready for a new season. Then haul what you don’t need off to Goodwill.

Here’s a list of some easily overlooked areas that could probably use a little attention…

Coat Coset: Get rid of all the coats, scarves, and gloves that you didn’t make use of this past winter. Also take a look at raincoats, umbrellas, and galoshes.

Garden Shed: This is a place where things can easily pile up. Clean out any tools that you don’t need, flower pots, outdoor decorations, and all those tiki torches and tablecloths left over from last year’s summer barbecue.

Tupperware Drawer: Food storage containers also seem to multiply. Get rid of anything that doesn’t have its matching half (You can probably recycle these.), and donate any extras to get your drawer or cabinet under control.

Bookshelf: We all have paperbacks, poems, and reference volumes gathering dust on our shelves. If you’ve already read it, chances are you won’t again. And if it’s been sitting around for years, either put it beside your bed to get started on, or pack it up for someone else’s summer reading.

Hall Closet: Where’s the space in your house where you keep those miscellaneous items for summer – sports equipment, camping gear, rods and reels? Maybe you have things that your kids have outgrown or supplies left over from a hobby long abandoned. These are things that could make someone else’s summer much more fun!

As you clean and take inventory of where things tend to clutter, make a list of some organizational tools that could help you get these areas under control. When you drop off your donations at Goodwill, use that as an opportunity to go in and look for those items on your list.

Happy Spring Cleaning!

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